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Title: Folk Linguistics
Written By: Nancy Niedzielski
Dennis R. Preston
Description:

Folk knowledge of language has not engaged linguists very often in the history of that field. Introductory texts often disparage folkbelief in contrast to 'scientific truth.' In fact, language is a ubiquitous topic of discussion and general concern of the folk. They talk about grammar, pronunciation, first and second language learning, language disabilities, dialects, gender and language, and a host of other topics.
This book approaches such beliefs as one of most important aspects of ethnography. Surely what a people believe about their language is as important as any other key to an understanding of their culture. "This fascinating book investigates how non-linguists think and talk about language, an area overlooked by linguists, as the authors show."
Joseph Salmons in Diachronica

FROM THE CONTENTS

1. Introduction
Background
Methodology and fieldwork

2. Regionalism
A survey of earlier studies
Conversational evidence

3. Social factors
Ethnicity
Status
Style, slang, register, and taboo
Gender

4. Language acquisition and applied linguistics
First language acquisition
Language and education
Second language acquisition

5. General and descriptive linguistics
Phonology
Lexicon
Syntax

6. The last words
Metalanguage 1
Metalanguage 2
The discourse prospect

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3110175541
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xx, 375
Prices: Euro 34.95 / sFr 56.00 / approx. US$ 35.